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Shop with a Cop returns for Alpharetta children

Shop with a Cop returns for Alpharetta children

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Alpharetta's Police Athletic League (PAL) will sponsor its 13th annual Shop with a Cop event this week.

With exceptionally high unemployment in Metro Atlanta, this year's event is more significant than ever, according to Officer Phil Ritchey with Alpharetta Police.

Shop with a Cop takes local children whose families cannot afford to give them a proper holiday celebration, and pairs them up with police officers, firefighters and community volunteers for a shopping extravaganza.

Each child may spend up to $100 during the event, which will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Alpharetta Walmart. PAL plans to help at least 100 children this season.

Despite the money being for them, many of the children opt to spend their $100 on gifts for parents and siblings, Ritchey said.

A good way to help children and moms in need this holiday season

A good way to help children and moms in need this holiday season

Metro Atlanta - Monique Evans is the founder of Children's Pride and will be hosting a Diaper Drive for the Atlanta Diaper Relief organization next week,

The goal at Children's Pride is to pack Monique's SUV full of diapers and deliver them to offices of Atlanta Diaper Relief on Saturday, December 10, 2011. You can help this organization reach this goal by just making a $10.00 or more donation so that they can purchase needed items for the babies.

    100% of the proceeds raised will go toward purchasing diapers and other needed items for Atlanta Diaper Relief. If you would like to help, please send your donation to: Children's Pride, Inc., P.O. Box 2204, Alpharetta, Georgia 30023.

Fulton County Youth Commissioners “Give Back” to the Community

Fulton County Youth Commissioners “Give Back” to the Community

Fulton County Youth Commissioners (from left to right) Claire BeskinCathy Tang and Treva Tam prepare to carry plates of Thanksgiving dinners to homeless citizens and their families during the annual Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless dinner.  This year’s dinner was held at the Georgia World Congress Center.  The Hosea Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving dinner is one of several projects taken on by Youth Commissioners to serve those in need in Fulton County.

 

It's not too late to help Operation Christmas Child

It's not too late to help Operation Christmas Child

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Every year, Operation Christmas Child delivers shoe boxes full of toys, candy and other goodies to deserving children across the world.

The charity, which is sponsored by Samaritan's Purse, is accepting shoe box donations through Saturday, Dec. 10. They can be dropped off at 665 Raco Drive NW, Suite C in Lawrenceville or mailed to Operation Christmas Child Headquarters at 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, NC 28607. Learn how to pack a shoe box for OCC.

Boxes can also be built online -- click here to give $35 and customize a box for a child in need.

Operation Christmas Child's Southeast regional office is located at 5755 North Point Parkway, Suite 66 in Alpharetta.

Smashburger to donate proceeds to DreamWeavers of Georgia

Smashburger to donate proceeds to DreamWeavers of Georgia

ATLANTA -- A popular local hamburger chain plans to donate a portion of its proceeds on Wednesday, Dec. 7 to DreamWeavers of Georgia.

Smashburger, which has four Metro Atlanta locations, will give a certain amount of money to DreamWeavers for every item purchased between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Dec. 7.

RELATED: Learn more about DreamWeavers of Georgia

DreamWeavers of Georgia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the benefit of foster children.

Smashburger locations include:

Alpharetta
* 5530 Windward Parkway

Atlanta
* 2625 Piedmont Road NE, Buckhead

Johns Creek
* 9775 Medlock Bridge Road

LOCAL PROFILE: A Charitable Thanksgiving

ATLANTA -- This week, the Where U Live team spoke with representatives from the Salvation Army and Hands On Atlanta about ways Atlantans can be charitable, this holiday, if they want to dedicate their holiday to others in need.

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

ATLANTA, Ga. – Thanksgiving is traditionally a holiday reserved for fellowship with family and friends. Most of us enjoy a huge meal, fight through the subsequent stomachache, hang with your favorite cousins and watch football, however, everyone doesnt enjoy turkey day in the same fashion. Some families have unique traditions that may not be consistent with, what we would call an average Thanksgiving. So, if you’re looking to change-up your routine, check out some of the ideas the “Where U Live” team put together.